Academic Libraries in the United States

Academic libraries firmly support the relationship between learning and research. They also have a significant impact on students. Since academic libraries in higher education support the study of the students and their research work. They need materials that would help curriculum readings and writings of scientific papers. Thus it makes libraries of universities an essential part of academic life.

Reports show that in 2016, more than 96% of deans and directors of the library in the U.S. thought that the libraries are essential only for undergraduates. As they perform critical analysis, research, and develop information literacy skills. Thus, these facts put the libraries in a vital position to support degree attainment. But, after some time, the dean and directors of the library noticed that the doctoral degrees had an average weekly attendance of 24,181 visits in the university libraries. So, academic libraries in the universities of the United States granting under graduation degrees had only 5,462 visits in a week. 

Some new reports show that most Americans enjoy their leisure time by going to the library instead of other sources of entertainment. There are some notable differences, including a small decrease in trips to movies. Yet, there is an increase in national park visits, museum trips, and attending live theatre or music.

Most Amazing College Libraries

Some libraries provide amazing on-campus experiences as well as a stunning and rare collection of books. Here is a list of those libraries.

William W. Cook Legal Research Library

This library is grand and magnificent, built-in 1931 and located in Ann Arbor, University of Michigan. It is having spires, stained glass windows, and metal works. Samuel Yellin, the best of his time, created the metalwork. In 1931, it could hold 350,000 people, but in 1950 four floors are added to the stacks. Additionally, it has a Reading room and Study Group rooms; these rooms can hold hundreds of students.


Thompson Library 

The William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library is the central library at Ohio State University. It is the most extensive library of the university, which built-in 1912. The architectural style of the building is Neo-Classical, Beaux-Arts. It provides a variety of study places, has an extensive collection. It offers students to research along with faculty and staff.

Linderman Library 

Linderman Library opened in 1878 at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This library has a collection of over 40,000 rare books. These books include Darwin’s Origins of Species and James John’s elephant folio edition of Birds of America. There are also some first edition American and English Literature from the 17th to 19th centuries, with a collection of over 15,000 photo images. Some new features involve seminar rooms, quiet study space, and five group study rooms.

Hale Library 

Hale Library is the central library at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Once, it named for the 8th President of the university, Francis David Farrell. It opened in 1927 and has many additions added a couple of times. Now it is the largest building on the campus. This library also received the Merit Award for Excellence in 1999.

Langsam Library

Walter C. Langsam Library is the main library out of the 14 libraries in the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. This library is an integral part of the university. It intends to achieve its core mission of research, community engagement, and teaching. The main feature of the library is that it offers 24*7 Computer Lab named UCIT@Langsam.

Hargrett Library Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Hargrett Library includes rare books and manuscripts, as well as a leading repository of Georgian history and culture. This library can hold over 200,000 volumes of rare books. The main emphasis is on performing arts, music, theatre, and natural history. It established in 2012 and till now serving the university community as well as researchers worldwide.

MSU Main Library 

MSU Main Library is the primary academic library system of Michigan State University in Michigan, the United States. The library system had nine branch locations, including the main library. The MSU libraries secured 26th rank among U.S. and Canadian research libraries by many volumes. It has a collection of comic books over 100,000 and 10,000 periodicals.

We hope these facts and information will help you in finding a suitable library for yourself. The academic libraries will always remain the “heart” of the university.